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Forum topic by Notw posted 08-29-2014 06:20 PM 1397 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-29-2014 06:20 PM

I have been looking at and thinking about making a drill press table for my Delta benchtop drill press but have run across some confusion. Either I am missing something with typical table design or something is not right with my drill press. Currently when I loosen the table lock screw to raise or lower the table the table always swivels back and forth and I have to realign it each time to ensure the drill bit exits the wood through the hole in the table. My question is would I have to readjust the fence and drill press table each time I raise or lower the table or is something loose on my drill and I should not be having this problem? Thank you

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#1 posted 08-30-2014 06:37 PM

Common design shortcoming on some drill presses without a geared support column for a hand crank.

I have the same issue on mine. I sold my bench top that had it and I miss this feature.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#2 posted 08-30-2014 06:40 PM

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#3 posted 08-31-2014 06:18 PM

Two solutions here:
1. If you use an auxiliary dp table that uses replaceable inserts (you should!) then you can center the table, and then drill a hole using a twist bit (3/8” or bigger; you don’t want it to flex) in the table surface but with the insert removed. Then when you need to adjust the height, you just chuck a 3/8” bit in and use the hole you drilled to center it.

2. (this is what I do most often) Use 1/2” or 3/4” MDF spacers to raise your work. This way you can keep the dp table height the same for most operations.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#4 posted 08-31-2014 06:50 PM

Notw, watch this.

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#5 posted 09-01-2014 12:46 AM

Harbor Freight sells a DP table that is cheaper than I could build one for (and it is a nice unit).

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#6 posted 09-01-2014 01:21 AM

So after watching the video DKV posted it has me wondering if I even need a drill press table. I may just stick with what I have and possible use t-bolts to attach a board to the table just to give me some extra surface area.

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